A Brief Guide to Being Bad at Email post image

I thought about email a lot over the past few weeks. Every morning, I watched messages trickle in and pile up. My replies were sporadic. I scanned the incoming to-dos with a mounting sense of unease. I re-visited Getting Things Done and...

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By: DanPublished on 11.25.14
TMBA271: Understanding and Optimizing For Multiple Currencies: A Conversation with Patrick McKenzie post image

Patrick McKenzie from Kalzumeus.com has been one of my favorite bloggers for over half of a decade. Patrick has a storied history of writing long-form pieces about the experiences of starting bootstrap software businesses, and is an expert at optimizing for non-cash currencies. In this week's episode we dig deep into Patrick's business philosophy, including how he has been able to build a powerhouse blog that is followed by some of the most influential people in the industry. We also talk about his expertise around conversion optimization and email marketing, how not to suck at giving conference speeches, and Patrick's experience as a long-term expat in Japan.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 11.20.14
10 Business Ideas You Can Launch in 7 Days post image

"The ability to learn from real data is why the 7 Day Startup works. You wipe assumptions off the table." - Dan Norris Episode #183 of Startups For the Rest of Us was one of my favorite podcasts of the...

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By: DanPublished on 11.18.14
TMBA270: A Roundtable Discussion on Apprentices, Mentoring, and Team Building post image

Our old friend and former team member Taylor Pearson from TaylorPearson.me has come by this week to help us have a broad, round-table conversation about team building. We talk about the ways that Ian and I have done it, and Taylor shares some insider insight from having been on our team. We also answer a question from a young listener about whether he should be learning a skill set like SEO or diving headfirst into his own business.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 11.13.14
How Do You Organize Your Time When You Don’t Have a 9 to 5? post image

In 2007, in a beige cubicle in California, I used a spreadsheet to determine that I controlled about 20% of my waking hours. The other 80% were determined by my job and related activities--  from commuting, to mending clothes, to checking emails in...

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By: DanPublished on 11.11.14
TMBA269: Branding is About Relationships Not Recognition post image

TropicalMBA is a podcast dedicated to the growing movement of location independent entrepreneurs. Every week, location independent entrepreneurs all over the world will leave us questions and comments in our voicemail. This week, we are answering a whole bunch of those voicemails, including questions about why you should be starting or joining a mastermind group, some of the best things about being an expatriate and why branding is really about building relationships with your clients.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 11.06.14
TMBA268: Getting More Out of Conferences – “Breakfast is a Big Deal” post image

Bossman and I are in Tokyo this week following our annual DC BKK Conference in Thailand. We are gonna be recapping how the event went, and reminiscing about some of our favorite speakers. We're also going to be talking about what we've learned about throwing events, what we are planning to do in the future and sharing our advice for people that are looking to get the most out of all these upcoming conferences.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 10.30.14
Are You a Sower or a Reaper? post image

Because it’s so easy to cut a crappy partnership deal, I have often quipped that “a partnership is a sinking ship.” An arrangement to be avoided if possible, and if undertaken, one to be treated like a marriage. The problem with this advice is that...

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By: DanPublished on 10.28.14
TMBA267: The Tao of the Hustle post image

In the aftermath of DC BKK, The Bossman hopped a plane this week on his way to Tokyo, so we've decided to re-visit one of our favorite episodes of all time. I was a little hesitant about this episode when we first published it three years ago, but since that time, we have received a lot of feedback about how important this episode has been to our listeners. This episode came at a time when we had our first $100,000 month, and we still stand behind these 6 key principles that make up our Tao of the Hustle.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 10.23.14
TMBA266: Growing Productized Services Businesses post image

Bossman and I are in Bangkok, gearing up for DC BKK, and we are chatting with our friend Jacob Puhl this week. Jacob is one of our speakers here for the event, and he has built a really unique and successful productized service business, geared primarily toward the dental industry. He really has a lot of valuable knowledge on how to scale a business. We're gonna be talking about how to overcome the complications of investing in and expanding a service business and the five ways to turn your services business into a salable asset.

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By: Dan and IanPublished on 10.16.14